Holiday Sewing Plans

Francoise dress Illustrations, Sew Pomona

Time is just flying by and it’s already time for me to start sewing up a storm for the holidays.  I have a lot of sewing lined up for the next month, we’ll see how much actually gets done before Christmas.

First up are two version’s of Tilly and the Buttons Francoise dress.  I wasn’t planning on trying out this pattern until I saw Handmade Jane’s version and fell in love. I’m always on the lookout for patterns with interesting seam lines and darts.  This dress has both, raglan sleeves and bust, waist and back darts.  It’s beautiful shaped with a simple silhouette.  My plan is to make two very different versions.

The first will be a scuba knit dress in the print below from Marcy Tilton.  It’s a fabulous botanical scuba knit that I had to have it as soon as I saw it.  I may still buy the other colorway in grey too.  I’m making this in a size 3, which will be my measurements without ease.  I love that Tilly’s size chart gives the finished measurements which should make it easy to alter to a knit.  I made up my muslin in cotton in a size 4 and the fit is perfect.  I’m making this version with sleeves and plan on adding about 2″ to the length based on my muslin.

scubafrancoise 1

My second version will be the sleeveless dress in this fabulous tweed that I bought online from Mood last week when it was 50% off.  I love the colors in this tweed, so pretty.  Can’t wait to see it in person.  I also purchased silk habotai at the same time for my lining.  For this dress I’m planning on quilting my two fabrics together and using more classic couture techniques to make it in the style of Chanel.  Back in the day I had the most fabulous vintage Anna Sui boucle dress that I bought while I lived in Manhattan.  I’m hoping to make something similar to that, but in a more Florida friendly color.  I’m hoping to have at least one dress done in time to enter in the Francoise sewing contest- have you seen the prizes?  The sewing machine looks amazing.  Definitely go check it out.

Sew Pomona, holiday and Winter Sewing Plans

Here’s my Pinterest inspiration board for Francoise:

 

I also am planning out the handmade gifts I’ll be sewing.  Trying to keep this to a minimum this year so I’m not sewing up to the last minute.  Last year I went a bit overboard sewing for the kids and don’t want to do that again.

For my sister Megan and one of my best friends Karen I’m planning on making them each a Bronte top from Jennifer Lauren Vintage.  You can see my first Bronte top here.  Both girls are very close to my own size so easy sewing.  My sister is taller than me and very long-waisted so I’ll be adding about 3″ in length to hers and grading up the bust for Karen’s top, but that’s all I need to do.  I’m making the short sleeve version for Karen in a Charcoal Grey Scuba knit(sold out) from Marcy Tilton that I got as an end cut for a great deal.  For Meg I’ll be making either the long sleeve or maybe altering to 3/4 sleeve in a Cabernet Heather Knit, also from Marcy Tilton which I think will be great with her coloring.

Winter + Holiday Sewing Plans

And for my little girl Amelie I’ll be sewing up a Sofia the First Dress out of two organic interlock knits from Organic Cotton’s Plus in orchid and white.  For this make I’m planning on drafting my own pattern and using Alabama Chanin’s reverse applique techniques for the skirt.  I want the dress to be inspired by Disney but comfortable and practical for regular wear.

Sofia The First Inspiration, Sew Pomona

You can see my inspiration ideas on my Christmas gift’s board on Pinterest here:

 

So excited to get started sewing these all up!  Not sure though how much sewing time I’ll have with the kids on break for most of this week for Thanksgiving and almost 3 weeks at Christmas!  Thanksgiving this year is going to be awesome though.   We’re celebrating twice, lunch with Vic’s family and dinner with mine.

Are you sewing for the holidays too?  I’d love to hear everyone’s sewing plans.  Happy Sewing and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Vogue Knit Dress + Cochineal Dyeing

cochineal vintage vogue

Vintage Vogue V2787, Cochineal Dyed Organic Knit, Sew Pomona

A new organic knit dress, lots of historical reading and my first try at dyeing with Cochineal. It’s been a great week!

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

I’ve been so psyched to work with cochineal after I received my dye from Botanical Colors. I’ve been reading A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield which is all about Cochineal and its trade in the New World, so intriguing.  The dye itself comes from the parasitic female insect that grows on the prickly pear cactus mainly in Central America.

My Dyeing Method:

The color is a brilliant red pre-dye.  I used alum to mordant my fabric.   I added 3T of vinegar to my dye bath based on the recipe in Harvesting Color(p.133) which made my color turn to a fuchsia purple shade.  She uses this method to get a true red but I wonder if my water was already very acidic and this just enhanced the purple.  I really need to test my water PH.  All my fabrics were cellulose based so my color was not as strong as I’d imagine it would be on a protein fiber like wool or silk.  I followed Botanical Colors prep of heating and cooling the dye bath three times and then soaked my fabric.

When the fabric came out of the dye bath it was the beautiful scarlet color below but after washing it quickly faded to a mauve/lavender.  The color is still lovely but not the red I was imagining.   I really want to get my hands on some undyed peace silk to try this again.  Next time I’ll also add Cream of Tartar (as suggested by Botanical Colors) to try to get a truer red.

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

Read more about the fascinating history of Cochineal and how to use this dye:

Here’s my Pinterest Board for Natural Dye Inspirations:

 

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

Dye Results:  My Burda Top-overdyed (above), Ami’s dress(below), and my Vogue V2787 Knit Dress (below)

Cochineal Dyeing, Sew Pomona

I over-dyed my Burda Top that had faded considerably and redid my stitching with a lightning stitch as my top stitching had popped.  I also dyed a dress of Ami’s that she never wore.  It was cream-colored before and I had a feeling pink or red would get her to wear this hand me down dress.  The light pink is really lovely.  This dress had a higher synthetic content which I believe resulted in the lighter color and the skirt did not take the dye at all.

And here’s my newest make, Vintage Vogue V2787

Vintage Vogue V2787 Cochineal Dyed Organic Knit Dress, Sew Pomona

 The Details:

Pattern: V2787 Vogue Patterns Original 1948 Design (shown below)

Fabric:  Organic Natural Cotton Knit, 11oz, 2×2 Rib Tubular, from Organic Cotton Plus

Dye:  Cochineal Extract from Botanical Colors

Fall Sewing-WIP- Sew Pomona

I bought this pattern V2787 a few months ago on sale and started searching around Pinterest for ideas on making this up.  As soon as I saw Adey from Sew Convert’s  Knit Version of the dress I knew I wanted to try this in a knit too.  Lately I’m really drawn to patterns with interesting seam lines and darts and I just love the S curve of this dress!

I thought I’d try this out first with fabric I had on hand, a tubular undyed organic knit, for my first go at the pattern.  I cut the pattern in a 12, the smallest size on my pattern and the usual size I make, but I could have gone much smaller.  If this had been a woven the sizing would be fine but what with the weight of the fabric and stretch I had to take this in a lot.  I also totally forgot that this pattern has shoulder pads, which I wasn’t going to use so the shoulder seams needed to be adjusted too.  Reminder to self:  Read all the instructions before you try to just wing it.

The gathering was easy to do and fun to sew and attach.  All the front seams are attached right sides up by laying the pieces on top of each other which was interesting and made for a nice flat seam.  I love the side darts and back darts.  My big problem came when I went to attach the neck facing.  I had omitted the zipper since I was making this in a knit and my fabric was just not lying right.  The neck was sagging under the weight of all the fabric.  I tried fixing it with a bound neck but the small width was not enough.  Finally I just added a wide rib band to keep it together.  I actually like how this makes it a bit more sporty and casual.  I also hacked off the length.  The mid calf length was looking way to dowdy.  My sleeves and waist were all taken in massively and I love the fit now.  If you had seen this half way through when it was still a hot mess you’d be amazed!

Vintage Vogue V2787 Cochineal Dyed Organic Knit Dress, Sew Pomona

Vintage Vogue V2787 Cochineal Dyed Organic Knit Dress, Sew Pomona

Vintage Vogue V2787 Cochineal Dyed Organic Knit Dress, Sew Pomona

Sadly my dye on this dress did not turn out as even as I’d like.   I had to go back and do a second dye bath.  Luckily for me Botanical Colors had kindly sent me a sample of their discontinued food grade dye which was just enough to over-dye my dress and even out the color.  It’s still not perfect but it’s much better.  I may over-dye this again later as well.   Making this dress really reminded me how much I love working with natural dyes.  Looking forward to someday have a studio of my own so I have more space to sew and dye.

Vintage Vogue V2787 Cochineal Dyed Organic Knit Dress, Sew Pomona

Vintage Vogue V2787 Cochineal Dyed Organic Knit Dress, Sew Pomona

Vintage Vogue V2787 Cochineal Dyed Organic Knit Dress, Sew Pomona

Happy Sewing and Natural Dyeing!

 

Vintage Red Bronte Top

Vintage Red Bronte Top, Sew Pomona

Just a quick little make for this week, my new favorite shirt, The Bronte Top from Jennifer Lauren Vintage.  I was so excited to make this up as soon as I bought the pattern.  I’ve had this on my wish list for a while but have been trying to keep my pattern buying in check.   This top was made as a wearable muslin last weekend with the leftover yardage from Ami’s storybook dress.  It’s a lovely vintage red organic hemp cotton knit from Marcy Tilton.  I had to do some very creative cutting to get this to fit with the remnants I had left, you can see the extra seam I added on the left.  I had to cut my front bodice as two pieces to get it to fit, and I actually think my seam allowance ended up a little too wide but I don’t care because I just LOVE this top!  My fabric actually doesn’t have quite as much stretch and recovery as recommended so I made sure to make this first one up in a size 12 and figured I could adjust as needed.  Luckily the fit was spot on.

Vintage Red Bronte Top, Sew Pomona

Details:

Jennifer Lauren Vintage, The Bronte Top,  size 12

Vintage Red Organic Hemp Knit, Marcy Tilton

Worn here with my Indigo Dyed Jeans.

 

Vintage Red Bronte Top, Sew Pomona

Vintage Red Bronte Top, Sew Pomona

I love the fit of this top so I can see I’ll be making up some more to round out my wardrobe.  My husband really loves this one.  You can’t go wrong with red! I love  the color of this knit, more of a brick-red then the usual cherry red I often find.  I love the shoulders and  shaping of this top, it’s really flattering.  I can’t wait to make some up in something with a bit more stretch and try out the long sleeve version as well.  I’m also contemplating combining the bodice with the Lady Skater Dress.  Two favorites in one!

Vintage Red Bronte Top, Sew Pomona

Vintage Red Bronte Top, Sew Pomona

This week I’m working on some more natural dyeing.  I haven’t done as much as I’d like to lately and have really missed it.  I just wish I had more space to work in, someday soon hopefully! My husband Vic just got a new job in Ft. Lauderdale (he starts today!) so we’ll be probably be moving to the other coast sometime soon.  We’re just waiting to see how he likes it, but he already seems so much happier and relaxed. :)

Vintage Red Bronte Top, Sew Pomona

I’m dyeing my newest dress, Vintage Vogue V2787, that I modified quite a bit and made in an organic knit, as well as a Burda top that had faded, both with Cochineal extract (the tiny parasitic bug that grows on the prickly pear cactus) sourced from Botanical Colors.  Trying for red, but as I’m dyeing cellulose fibers and not protein like wool or silk, not sure how bright I’ll get.   I’m reading A Perfect Red:  Empire, Espionage and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield which has me so intrigued and inspired to try out this dye.  Stay tuned as I’ll be posting more on that next week.

Happy Sewing!

 

A Maleficent Halloween

A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
“Before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die!”
the evil fairy Maleficent,  Sleeping Beauty
 A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
 “There’s only going to be one scary witch this Halloween and that’s ma ma ma…… Maleficent!”  My youngest Ami has been going around telling this to everyone she’s seen all week!  My kids love this holiday, just like their mama, and were super excited for me to make their costumes.  We started planning out our looks almost a month ago, but I only had a short time to actually sew after returning from our trip to MN. Ami is obsessed with Maleficent so we went with a Sleeping Beauty theme for the two of us.  Nigel at 6 years old wanted something scarier, like his older cousin Koan, and decided a week ago he would be “Death“. 
We had a fabulous time trick or treating in my sister’s neighborhood  with the family .  Since we live in a condo complex we always end up traveling from home for Halloween.  The kids love heading out with their cousins Ko and Veda each year, they’re best buds, plus they always end up with a huge candy stash. 
Big thanks to my awesome sis Meg for all these amazing photos!  I wish my blog images always looked this amazing.  Artistry runs in the family and my sister is an amazing professional photographer and business woman.  Check out her blog, Megan DiPiero Photography for more inspiration.  She’s awesome!
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona

The Details:

Me as Sleeping Beauty:   My Briar Rose Skater Dress, a quick self drafted organic black knit Corset, floral scarf, blond wig, headband and basket.

Amelie as Maleficent:  Self drafted gown made from repurposed cocktail dresses from Goodwill,  self drafted  velvet remnant hood with horns (carved styro wrapped in the velvet fabric strips). The Gown has a zip front and two layers of sleeves.  I cut the bottom layer of the sleeve from an embossed satin in purple and lined it with a purple organic cotton from Honey Be Good.  The outer sleeve is a flowy chiffon that is tacked up.  The body of the dress is a shiny black Polyester from one of the cocktail dresses and lined in a black repurposed knit.  The collar is repurposed from a quilted silver jacket for body with the same embossed satin as the sleeves.  
Nigel as “Death”:  little girls’ skater dress from Kitschy Coo (7/8) made up as a turtleneck top with an attached hood, self drafted leggings  and eco felt skull mask with stitching.  The outfit was made with an ebony organic cotton and spandex  knit from Marcy Tilton which is so soft.    The interior hood is from a repurposed top and has two buttons to attach his mask so it can be worn up or the mask can be switched out.  Nigel told me he wants to wear it every day! 
Check out more on my planning and inspiration in my last Halloween post here.
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
“Touch the spindle.  Touch it, I say!”
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
 
 A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
Here are some more images of the whole family.  Love my Mom’s tourist costume and my husband Vic put on Ami’s horns (they only got worn for pictures unsurprisingly) so he ended up looking like a Satyr with his beard.  He cracked me up all night!  The cousins were perfectly matched.  Two spooky deadly boys and Rapunzel with Maleficent.  
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
 
Look at these adorable cousins……
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
Amelie & Veda
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
Nigel & Koan
  Hope your Halloween was just as magical! Happy Sewing!
A Maleficent Halloween, Sew Pomona
all photos courtesy of Megan DiPiero Photography©

KCW Storybook- Wrap Up

kvw storybook

kids clothes week storybook, sew pomona

I got quite a bit sewn during last week’s KCW, though getting pics taken took longer.  Almost all my makes ended up being variations on the skater dress pattern from Kitschy Coo!  It’s such a versatile pattern.  I made Ami three dresses (you can see the first two here) two shirts for Nigel and both kid’s costumes for Halloween which I’ll be blogging about next week.  I’m almost done with all the costumes!  Just making Ami’s headpiece/horns for Maleficent and Nigel’s skull mask- he’s going as “Death” instead of a skeleton to be spookier with his older cousin Koan.  The kids are so excited to scare everyone :)

kcw storybook, sew pomona

Nigel’s shirts are two refashions.  The blue and white stripe is a modified Skater (size 7/8 plus 7″ in length) cut from one my husbands polo shirts and the green top is some scraps of skeleton print knit (not the best material..it stretched out width wise as you can see… but he likes the skulls) and sleeves cut from a top my mom gave me.  Both went together very quickly on the serger.  I love the cut of the navy and white , he looks like a little Parisian boy.

kcw storybook, sew pomona

kcw storybook, sew pomona

kcw storybook, sew pomona

My favorite make of this week though is my theme dress for Amelie.  This season’s KCW theme was Storybook and Ami had already requested a Red dress to match the outfit in her book My Pretty Princess Dress by Ilanit Oliver Illustrations by Genevieve Leloup.  She loves pretending she’s off to a fancy dress party and really wants me to make all the outfits in the book.

kcw storybook, sew pomona

kcw storybook, sew pomona

I decided I would make the dress in a knit for comfort and found a lovely Vintage Red Hemp/Organic knit from Marcy Tilton (I bought extra to make myself a top too).  I altered the skater dress (3/4T) by making two tiers in the skirt, raising the waist up, and widening the cap of the sleeve for a gathered puffy sleeve.  The skirts are sewn as one layer and left as is on the hem-one reason I love knits!  The neck and sleeve bands are pink cut from an old pink shirt of Ami’s that she’d outgrown.  I also made a separate knit belt to attach her flower pin that she picked out at Joann’s a few months ago and was perfect for this look.

kcw storybook, sew pomona

Ami had a blast telling me stories of kidnapped babies (aka Rapunzel) saved by their mommies from wicked witches while posing for these pics.  I adore her expressions when she’s storytelling!

kcw storybook, sew pomona

kcw storybook, sew pomona

kcw storybook, sew pomona

kcw storybook, sew pomona

All in all KCW was a blast.  I kept the sewing to quick and easy projects and didn’t stress about posting everything.  I find sewing during kids clothes week four times a year is just about all the time I need to focus on my kids clothes.  Since my kids are the youngest in the family we have more than enough clothes in the form of hand me downs.  Stay tuned for our family Halloween Costumes post next week!

 

KCW- First Makes for Fall

KCW First Makes For Fall

Just back from our quick jaunt up to Minnesota and sewing like mad for KCW!  I totally forgot KCW was coming up.  You can view all my past makes here on my project page as well.  Kids Clothes Week happens four times a year where we sew for our kids for one hour a day for a week.  It’s perfect timing as Ami had a request for a new red dress (this from the girl who always wants pink and purple!) I’m also working on finishing up the kids Halloween costumes.  Ami’s fabric, a lovely vintage red organic knit is on its way from Marcy Tilton as well as some organic black knit fabric for Nigel’s skeleton costume.  I have quite the stash of clothing to reuse from my mom and husband so a bunch of skater dresses and tops are on my list of projects for the week.

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

Minnesota was so lovely.  What a refresher from our Florida long and hot summer to feel some nice cool and crisp weather, hike trails and collect colored leaves (saved in wax paper) for Nigel.   We went for my grandmother’s funeral and had a wonderful time visiting with our extended family.  We haven’t all gotten together in five years so it was fabulous to see everyone and reconnect.  The kids had a blast with their cousins (Nigel now wants to move to CA to live near his second cousin) and playing outdoors in the tree house, climbing hills, playing Lego’s and crafting and having an awesome s’mores bonfire.

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

The funeral itself was just beautiful and my uncles gave wonderful eulogies.  It was such a lovely celebration of an amazing woman. I proudly wore my new Vintage Vogue dress (getting many compliments) and read the second reading (I was practicing all week!) during the service.  My kids got a bit restless as they’ve never sat through a mass before and Ami cried when I got up to read but all in all it went quite well.

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

 

So here are my first makes for the week.  Two cute girl’s skater dresses from Kitschy Coo.  I love this pattern as its so quick and easy to make.  I made these two dresses in a little less then two hours start to finish during Ami’s afternoon nap- while watching my shows I missed last week, project runway and new girl :)    I’ve made a ton of these already, for both the kids and myself (the Lady Skater) as regular dresses and altered to swimwear.  Later today I’ll be working on two shirt versions for my son.

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

 

Both dresses are made from knit shirts my mom gave me to refashion.  Every time she cleans out her closet I get a pile of clothes to reuse and I knew Ami would love all the pinks and purples.  I used three different tops to make these, both in a 3T/4T using the long sleeve version.  I did add a few inches in length.  The pink floral top above has the bodice in the floral and the reverse side for the collar and the purple skirt is the reverse side of the purple print on the second dress’ bodice you see below.  I love how when the cuffs are rolled the reverse side looks.  Both are so comfy- a big factor in what Ami will actually wear.  I’ve given up on making her woven dresses for now- they just don’t get worn like the knits do.

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

Ami loves these. She’s been showing them off too- telling everyone her mommy made them- so cute!  Ami is not as into posing for me lately so we took her baby and carriage outside on the landing for pics.  In between pretty poses she did some hilarious crazy face runs up and down the breezeway.  Enjoy the cuteness…

IMG_8132 IMG_8139 IMG_8111 KCW First Makes for Fall and MN Trip- Sew Pomona

 

Ami’s Maleficent gown is done too- but I’m saving the pics for my Halloween post so stay tuned.  Happy sewing!

Briar Rose Skater Dress + Travel Packing

briar rose skater, Sew Pomona

Ami took a lovely 2 hour nap on Friday and I was able to whip this little dress up just in time for our trip to Minnesota for my grandmother’s funeral.  The kids and I are leaving this afternoon.  Vic is staying home for work but we’ll be traveling with my Mom and Dad  and my sister’s family so it should be a pretty relaxing trip.  It’s also Ami’s first time on a plane so the kids are super excited.  I’m a bit excited for a few days of real fall weather with colorful foliage and crisp temps.

Briar Rose Skater Dress, Sew Pomona

This dress is part of my planned Halloween Costume for Sleeping Beauty this year and a perfect travel dress.  It’s lightweight, not prone to wrinkling and oh so comfy to wear.  It’s also my 3rd Lady Skater dress!   My first version in Ikat is here and my second is here.  Really one of my favorite patterns.

{PATTERN:LADY SKATER, KITSCHY COO + FABRIC: MARCY TILTON ,STUDIO TAUPE & PUTTY BAMBOO RAYON SPANDEX}

Briar Rose Skater Dress, Sew Pomona

This version is slightly modified from my last two makes.  And the fit now is just about perfect.  I added .5″ to the waist and 4 ” to the skirt this go around.  I also made this version almost completely on my serger.  Out of necessity ( I didn’t have a double needle) I  folded over my hem to the inside and then serged it together for the bottom band.  I really like how it turned out.

Briar Rose Skater Dress, Sew Pomona

Briar Rose Skater Dress, Sew Pomona

Briar Rose Skater Dress, Sew Pomona

The fabrics are both a Bamboo Rayon Spandex Knit in the colors Studio Taupe and Putty from Marcy Tilton.  I ordered the dark color(Studio Taupe) from the end cuts section, at a great deal for 1 1/3 yds., and ordered just a yard of the Putty .  I was originally planning on doing a dark skirt with a plain light bodice but thought it looked more interesting with the dark bands at neck and arm.  I’m so happy with the color combo.  It’s not my usual choice but was perfect for the Briar Rose dress.  I was planning on dyeing it after the holidays to make it more wearable but I love it as is.

Briar Rose Skater Dress, Sew Pomona

I also made a cute little twisted headband with my remnants.  With my hair growing out I need it out of my face when it’s still so hot.  Just a simple double layer tube twisted before attaching the ends.  Easy peasy .

Briar Rose Skater Dress, Sew Pomona

It’s always fun planning out what handmade clothes I’ll be traveling with. Here’s what I’m packing for this trip.   We’re only gone for 4 days but I wanted lots to mix and layer, plus comfy clothes for the plane trip and car drive to Mankato. I’m taking this newest skater dress, my earlier skater dress and my Centauree Ava Swimsuit(for the hotel pool), my indigo dyed jeans, My Shell Shibori Jacket, Marcy Tilton Pants, plus a new pair of black leggings using V8859 from Marcy Tilton(unblogged) and my newest Vintage Vogue Dress and Jacket that I’ll be wearing for my Grandmother’s funeral on Thursday.  Since the weather will most likely be colder then what we’re used to here I had to add in more RTW then normal, for me and the kids.  I did get a chance to make Ami a new swimsuit to wear to the pool and lengthened her older suit.  I thought it was kinda funny how few actual swim suits she has since we mostly wear full rashguards for the sun here.

Travel Packing- Handmade Clothes- Sew Pomona

Travel Packing- Handmade Clothes- Sew Pomona

Travel Packing- Handmade Clothes- Sew Pomona

Travel Packing- Handmade Clothes- Sew Pomona

Halloween Sewing Plans + Costumes Past

halloween-2009

 

I LOVE Halloween!  It’s my favorite holiday of the year- I love a good excuse to dress up.  Growing up our costumes were always handmade by my mom, who was quite the seamstress.  I went as a butterfly, a black cat, Sleeping Beauty & Rapunzel (my yarn wig was awesome!).  In High school I started making my own costumes, mostly thrifted , ranging from George Sand(my favorite French writer), Isaac Asimov (I can’t quite recall why? I wore a 3 piece suit and made steel wool muttonchops),  and the Goddess Diana (silver spandex one sleeve dress with moon jewelry) which were a bit too literary/highbrow for anyone to guess who exactly I was supposed to be!  I thought It would be fun to share some of our family costumes from the last few years before I started blogging.  I also have some great Halloween Pinterest boards if you’d like more inspiration!

Halloween 2009

Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance Gown, c.1470-1505 Views II and IV Period Patterns no 41.
Lady with Ermine, Leonardo da Vinci

Halloween 2009

LadywithErmine- Halloween 2009 Sew Pomona

 
Halloween 2010

Regency Drop Waist Gown and Maternity Corset (pregnant with Ami), from Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 1,1798-1805 Salisbury museum Gown Reproduction and White Linen Jumps, c.1790 from Corsets, Historical Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salon.  Nigel as an Octopus(pics farther down) RegencyGown, Sew Pomona

Random Costumes for Play: Octopus(Halloween 2010), Bat Boy, Darth Vader, Ninja, & Pirate Ami!

Costumes for play, Sew Pomona

Halloween 2011
Phineas & Ferb Theme-Ami as Perry the Platypus, Nigel as Phineas, and myself as Candace.

Halloween2012 Sew Pomona

Lego Ninjago Costume for Nigel’s Buddy Eli:

Lego Ninjago Costume, Sew Pomona

Halloween 2012

Snow White & The Huntsman Theme  (except for Nigel)- Ami as Forest Snow White, Myself as The Evil Queen Ravenna (self draped gown and foam crown plus awesome ring I found on Etsy!) & Nigel as an Army man.

Halloween2013, Sew Pomona

Halloween 2013
Me as Jess from New Girl (Gertie’s Butterick Pattern B5882), Ami as Little Bo Peep  (Butterick B5900 Historical Dress and Bonnet(self drafted), Nigel as a Stormtrooper (a last minute make) and Darth Vader.

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If you’d like more ideas check out my inspiration boards below!

 

 

This year our theme is going to be Sleeping Beauty.  Ami is obsessed with Maleficent! Today is my son Nigel’s 6th birthday(!!!) but what Ami is psyched about is that Sleeping Beauty is being re released today :)  My little 3 year old loves the scary witches and evil queens the best in fairy tales.  She gets so angry when the Disney princess books don’t include the witch, that’s the best part!  You should hear her tell her fairy stories-they are EPIC!  So Ami is going as a little Maleficent. I made a muslin and am now piecing together my fabric (I’m using two dress from Goodwill as the main fabric) and love how it’s all coming together.

I of course must go as Briar Rose.  I talked Ami down from the Blue Gown(what’s up with the pink version- I definitely like the blue best!) so I’ll be the forest maiden.  I bought my fabric already- two neutral bamboo knits from Marcy Tilton.  I’m planning on using the Lady Skater Dress as my base so I can wear this regularly,  after Halloween I’ll be shibori dyeing the dress.   I’m going to raise the neckline slightly and lengthen the skirt-maybe add some more fullness.  I’ll make my black over corset out of some leftover black organic jersey in my stash.  Accessories will be a little removable collar, a long scarf and basket.  My mom actually has the perfect wig for me to use in her dress up bin.

Nigel is not into the whole Sleeping Beauty theme and so far is thinking he’ll be a skeleton.  He still may change his mind, so I’ll make his costume last.  You can look at all my inspiration for this years costumes below!

Are you dressing up for Halloween?  I’d love to know what you’ll be going as and if you’ll be making your costume.  So happy I have kids so no one thinks I’m crazy for dressing up at 38 :)

Vintage Vogue Blooming Dress & Jacket

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I fell for and bought this fabric ages ago from Marcy Tilton but couldn’t decide what I wanted to make with this beautiful print.  My plan originally was to  make a two piece co-ords set, maybe pants and a jacket, to sew along with Ada’s Two-Piece Setacular.  But with all the distractions of the start of school, sick kids and a death in the family everything got backtracked in my sewing queue.   After learning of my grandmother’s passing I felt inspired to go ahead and make something with this fabric which reminded me of her.  I was treating the fabric like this precious thing that I was afraid I’d mess up, which is just silly.  My grandmother’s practicality gave me the kick I needed to just get on with it.    So here’s my two piece look,  albeit a bit later than planned.

Vintage Vogue Blooming Dress

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I wanted to try making a mash-up of two of my newer patterns that are both Vintage Vogue from the 1950’s.  I love the two piece bodice of V8687 but knew the pleats at the waist would not be flattering for me.  But V1137’s skirt would be perfect.  I love the slim profile with the side kick pleats.  I wanted a longer dress to make the most of this fabric which graduates from a pure white with black blooms and then goes to the darker blue.  I thought the bodice piecing would be fabulous with some color blocking so I kept the top all white and cut the lower bodice as it fades to blue and carefully cut my skirt so it would end with the white as a border.

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The jacket (size 40) was made with the last panel of fabric I had left with some very frugal cutting.  This Burda jacket was just the silhouette I was looking for without requiring much yardage.  The only alteration I made was to use set in pockets instead of welts.  Mainly due to fabric restrictions.  I had originally thought to put pockets in the dress itself and had cut them out but decided against it.   This jacket is perfectly practical for our weather here in Florida, anything heavier is just not needed.  I do miss my fall layering up north!

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Patterns I used:

Dress-  Vintage Vogue bodice V8687 & skirt V1137

V8687 (BODICE)

 

V1137 (SKIRT)

3/4 Sleeve Cropped Jacket- Burda 121 05/2011

 

Burda Cropped Jacket

 

Fabric:

3 Panels of  Blooming stretch cotton  from Marcy Tilton

Construction wise I’m really proud of this make.  The interior hems for the dress and jacket as well as the zipper are all hand finished with pin prick stitches that are nearly invisible.  I also added two snap fasteners to the shoulder interior to hold my bra straps.  I cut  both patterns in a size 12 and the fit is spot on.  I was a bit nervous sewing it up as I didn’t make a muslin but my size tends to be pretty consistent with Vogue.  I just know to cut a 12 even if the envelope recommends I should be at least a 16.

Vintage Vogue Blooming Dress

Vintage Vogue Blooming Dress

Vintage Vogue Blooming Dress

I’ll be wearing this look in a few weeks for my grandmother’s memorial ceremony in Minnesota.   My grandmother was a really amazing woman, both practical and creative, and I think she’d love this outfit.   But what she loved the most I think was when the whole family could get together.  We had some wonderful 4th of July and Christmas celebrations in Michigan and MN!  She purposely planned that her memorial service would be held a month after her death so we could all gather together.  I love that this gave us all time to really remember and celebrate her life in our own ways.

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Fall Sewing- WIP

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I’m so excited about the pieces I’ve been sewing lately, though nothing is finished yet.  Fall comes very slowly here in Florida, so what I wear really doesn’t change too much throughout the year.  But even the slight dip in temps, and cloudy rainy days lately are a welcome change.

So here’s my list of Works in Progress:

My dress for my grandmother’s funeral next month in MN.  I’m using two patterns for the dress, V8687 for the bodice and V1137 for the skirt in this amazing Blooming stretch cotton (I bought three panels) from Marcy Tilton.  This one just needs a good pressing and bra securing interior snaps and it’s good to go.  I just LOVE this dress, and I think my grandmother would too.  The interior is all hand finished so it really looks fabulous!   I just finished the matching jacket this weekend using Burda 121 05/2011, adorable.  This piece is going to be so versatile, perfect little cropped 3/4 sleeve jacket.

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I have everything cut out, and it was tight since I was short on yardage, for my next dress.  Its V2787  in an organic hemp knit from Organic Cottons Plus that I plan on dyeing with cochineal extract from Botanical Colors after it’s sewn up.  Can’t wait!  Ami is excited since it’s pink and I got a free sample of the discontinued food grade version of the dye, so she gets some more pink clothes too!  I can’t get her to wear anything but pink lately, she has her own very definite fashion sense!

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Next up are some much needed knit pants.  Since I walk the kids to and from school I really need more fitness like clothing to stay comfy.  I bought these knits from Fabric.com, both organic knits.  I’m planning on making Marcy Tilton’s V8859 pants in the black and altering Jalie 3022 yoga pants to a slightly wider leg Capri from the print.

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Hoping to have everything done soon and get some pics taken to show these off.  Happy Sewing!